BRIAN FOXWHEW. AS I REST AND RECOVER FROM ANOTHER MARATHON NAMM SHOW, YOU CAN BET I’m counting my blessings. For one, it’s always an inspiration to see the handiwork of so many brilliant builders and the technological achievements of the industry’s brightest engineers. Having the opportunity to fist-bump the best bassists in the biz is an added benefit of the show. And emerging from it with my health intact—having dodged the ubiquitous NAMMthrax virus—well, for that I may be most thankful of all.
There’s a whole lot of great gear coming our way this year. For a glimpse of some of it, flip to our expanded New Gear section, and keep an eye out in the months to come. If new gear doesn’t float your boat, there’s lots of other stuff to love in this issue. Dive into our (long overdue) cover story on Gary Willis for a glimpse of what it takes to become a world-class player. Get to know old friends and new in Community and Bass Notes, and prepare to wear your fingers down to bloody stumps on the face-melting shred fest that is this month’s Transcription, Juan Alderete’s killer bass line on the Racer X’s “Scarified.” Now dig in!